Mavericks Fall to Cherokee in Inaugural Home Opener
The Columbus Mavericks opened their inaugural USPHL season in front of a standing-room-only crowd at Ohio Health Chiller North arena on Friday. Facing a veteran-heavy Toledo Cherokee team, the Mavericks lost a physical battle, 5-1.
The first goal in Mavericks franchise history was netted by Edmond, OK native, Isaac Jones, with an assist by Keegan Hoover. The Toledo Cherokee goals were scored by Zeth Stelmaszak (2), Matt Gilbert (1), Caleb Williams (1), and Tyler Fox (1), with assists by Matt Gilbert, Caleb Williams, Bryce Davis, and Mitchell Dickman.
Mavericks rookie goaltender, Hayden Hoover, had a busy night in between the pipes, facing 51 shots, while veteran netminder, Chad Simmerman, stopped 34 of 35 shots.
The Mavericks take the road next weekend for a two-game series against fellow expansion franchise, Lake Erie Bighorns, on Friday, September 13th and Saturday, September 14th. You can catch all of the action on HockeyTV.